When I was a six grader during my ESOL class, I found myself writing a homework list and study list on a separate blank page while the teacher was speaking about our assignments. The school was different than in Mexico, that along with our recent move to a foreign country made me feel overwhelmed. The lists I made were lifesavers and became a habit that forever changed my life.
Every Morning, I wake up and eat breakfast. After, while drinking my delicious Earl Grey tea, I write my lists for the day. Every day! For as long as I can remember, I have been writing lists in detail. To-do, Trips, Packing, Cleaning, you name it I have a list for it. My life is a list because I just love making them. Even now, my lists are the one thing that always keeps me on track.
As I’ve grown over the years, my lists have evolved with me. But the one that has remained constant is my “Today I am grateful” list. Have you ever heard of the saying, “Count your blessings?” Well, that’s what this list is.
While I sip on that warm cup of tea sitting on my hands, I reflect on the day before. Then, I pick up my pen and start my first sentence. Under the underlined, artfully adorned title “Today I am Grateful” I write, “I am grateful for the road trip I was able to take with my husband” or “I am grateful I was able to talk to my mom and find her well.” Because this habit is now part of my DNA, I can’t go on about my day without writing this list down. It takes me about five minutes, and I write what I feel is important and move on.
Practicing every day has set the foundation of who I am and how I view the world. My thoughts are different, and I find myself more confident and sure of my place in the universe. When someone starts an argument or a disagreement, I am grateful because even then, I learn something about myself or that person. By not allowing negativity, rudeness, and unkindness in my life my self-respect and mental strength have elevated.
Because it is my goal to empower people to live a happy life to the fullest, I strongly encourage you to start a “Today I am grateful” journal. Every day while drinking your morning coffee, open your journal and just start writing. What a great way to start your day with a positive outlook as opposed to waking up thinking negatively about chores or work. I promise you; you will always have something new write.
How to start
If you are serious about it, purchase a notebook or diary if you don’t already have one. For now, a blank piece of paper will do. Start small. Write things you can do. For example:
I can walk.
I can see.
I can hear.
I can dance.
I can speak
Do you see now that you have many reasons to be thankful? (Need more inspiration? Read these 9 Blible Verses to Uplift you)
Then, write about things in your life that you are thankful for
I am grateful for my family.
I am grateful for my husband.
I am grateful for my kids.
I am grateful for my house.
I am grateful for my job.
I am grateful for my friends.
I am grateful for a healthy pregnancy.
I am grateful for having a good dog.
I am grateful for having the day to do what I want.
Once you start this, make it a daily habit and watch your life transform.
As I am all about self-improvement, I love reading about what others do to make themselves better. Share your stories with me or email me if you need help starting.
Abril – Paris & June